Bhubaneswar, Jan 12 (LocalWire): The Ministry of Coal (MoC) allotted Manoharpur and dip-side of Manoharpur coal blocks in favour of Odisha Coal and Power Limited (OCPL) in 2015 to cater the fuel requirement of OPGC’s expansion project at IB Thermal Power Station, Banaharpalli, in Jharsuguda district.
The operation Manoharpur coal mine required physical displacement and shifting of two villages, Manoharpur and Ghumudasan.
OCPL adhered to the Orissa Resettlement and Rehabilitation Policy, 2006 and declared a comprehensive R&R package for the displaced families.
The physical displacement and shifting of Manoharpur village was been completed while the relocation of Ghumudasan is in progress.
OCPL has set-up a model R&R colony with basic amenities and facilities like school, anganwadi, water supply, electricity, road, community centre, dispensary, vetarinary centre, shops, kiosk, PDS centre, sewage treatment plant, children’spark, pond, crematorium, training centre, temple, Gram Devi Pitha, rahasa mandap, orchard and outer trench with barbed wire fencing.
Pucca houses with provision of two bed rooms, kitchen, cowshed, bathroom and toilet, courtyard with electricity and water connection has been provided to 233 eligible families.
Double cash compensation in-lieu of employment, annuity schemes, skill development & engagement under mining operation and promotion of sustainable livelihood are key components of rehabilitation package.
OCPL has been actively promoting sustainable livelihoods for the displaced families in various income generating activities through community mobilization, capacity building and exposure visits, business plan preparation, piloting, project activation, technical & handholding support and creating sustainable market linkages.
For effective realization of project objectives, MART, a global knowledge based firm, has promoted both group-based Income Generation Activities as well as individual-based entrepreneurial activities. On the collective front, five active Women Self Help Groups have been promoted.
Presently the groups are involved in production and marketing of mushroom, strawberry, processing and marketing of spices, trading in decorative items, food processing, phenyl production, incense sticks manufacture and garments stitching and marketing leading to a positive sentiment amongst the displaced families.
For OCPL this is a small yet significant testimony to promote sustainable livelihood among displaced families in the post-displacement period so that the displaced families can lead a better and respectable life.